Copenhagen Games 2014

There’s non-stop competitive CS:GO action this week as a ton of great teams meet at Copenhagen Games 2014.

Both the men’s and women’s events are getting started: the €26,000 men’s event starts Thursday (14:00 CET), and the €7,000 women’s event begins Friday (14:00 CET).

Clear your schedule, and get ready to watch some exciting matches!

Overpass, Evolved

Overpass is CS:GO’s first completely new defuse map designed with competitive play in mind. Since its release in December 2013, Overpass received seven updates based on feedback and data.

Below, we’ll discuss some changes we’ve made to the map, explain our thinking behind them, and give you some insight into what goes into creating and maintaining a map.

An Experiment

In defuse maps, the bombsites are the centers of attention. In Overpass, we experimented with a somewhat different setup: Counter-Terrorists were encouraged to defend Bombsite A away from the site. Bombsite B, conversely, functioned in a more traditional way, with most of the action being centered on the site itself.

Bombsite A

Retaking the site from the A tunnels was originally very difficult, because defenders could keep tabs on the area from many angles. Several changes were made to address this issue.

The CT vehicle was moved to provide better cover for players entering from the A tunnels. The red car was removed because it gave defenders an unfair advantage, allowing them to hold the site while only exposing their heads.

In addition, the truck (the Terrorist’s target) was moved to make hiding players stand out, and the fences defining the outer limit of the area were pushed back to give some more space to maneuver.

In the latest version, the concrete hut was opened up, giving a lone defender a safe but isolated spot to hold the site.

Bombsite B

As mentioned above, the bombsites in Overpass are quite different from each other.

Though we predicted that bombsite B would be prone to rushes, we found that the Counter-Terrorists had trouble getting to the site in time, often arriving just as the bomb was planted. This encouraged the Terrorists to continue to rush B, causing Counter-Terrorists to stack the site in an attempt to prevent an easy win.

The first update to the map addressed this issue by moving and reworking the bombsite layout, and also by adjusting the spawn positions of both teams to give the Counter-Terrorists time to set up.

The cover in the site was simplified and moved closer to the walls, improving readability in the area and making defensive positions more predictable. These positions can now be countered by smokes or flashes prior to moving into the site.

The layout of the canal area used to be very open, leading to situations where a Counter-Terrorist could push forward with relatively low risk, potentially getting the drop on unsuspecting Terrorists attempting to take the site. Combat was unpredictable, with no clear front-line.

The area was sectioned off, allowing the Terrorists to work the site with their back against the wall (and having safe areas to fall back on), and also allowing Counter-Terrorists to better predict where combat would occur and properly prepare for it.

Interior spaces

At the time of release, interior spaces were tight. They have since been widened, allowing teammates to move freely without bumping into each other or level geometry. The added space also allows players to safely navigate around corners to get a clear overview of the environment.

Faster Rotation

Thanks to player feedback, we learned that once players decided to attack a site they felt locked into that decision due to long rotation times. In response, we added two new connectors to the map.

One connects the bathrooms near Bombsite A to the upper park, enabling a single Counter-Terrorist to keep tabs on both areas and providing the Terrorist side with more options when attacking the site.

The second new route was added between the tunnels near Terrorist spawn and the Terrorist side of the Canals. The new connector cut down the time to move around the map, allowing greater flexibility in tactics.

Overpass, evolved

Overpass is still new, and there’s so much for everyone to learn. Even before the most recent updates, players were starting to find creative smokes and flashes to attack the revamped bombsites:

What have you discovered? What strategies have you developed? Make your mark on Overpass and let everyone know!

EMS One 2014: Winners

Congratulations to who won the 2014 EMS ONE KATOWICE CS:GO CHAMPIONSHIP and take home $100,000 of the $250,000 community funded prize pool. Over 10,000 fans in Spodek Arena watched local favorites take on Ninjas in Pyjamas. Fueled by the excitement of the fans they took the match 2-0.

If you missed any of the matches or want to watch the highlights, you can download all the games from the EMS One 2014 tab in the WATCH menu. Head over to or for a more detailed analysis of the final.

We’d like to thank all the teams, everyone at ESL, and most of all the Counter-Strike community for making this tournament possible.

EMS One 2014: Grand Finals

Sixteen teams started and now only two remain to fight it out for the 2014 EMS ONE KATOWICE CS:GO CHAMPIONSHIP. The winning team will walk away with a $100,000 of the $250,000 community funded prize pool. The match starts at 13:00 CET (08:00 EST, 05:00 PST).

You can watch the match LIVE on GOTV or on one of the official streams. Also, to earn exclusive tournament Souvenir Packages be sure to watch LIVE on GOTV, or on Twitch with a linked Steam account.

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EMS One Katowice 2014: Semi-Finals

We are down to the final days at EMS One Katowice 2014 which features a $250,000 community funded prize pool.

Who will claim the last spot in the semi-finals and face Poland, will it be Sweden LGB eSports or Sweden Fnatic? After that match the semi-finals kickoff with Sweden NiP versus Denmark Team Dignitas. All the action starts at 13:00 CET.

Also, to earn exclusive tournament Souvenir Packages be sure to watch LIVE on GOTV, through the EMS ONE 2014 tab in the WATCH menu, or on Twitch with a linked Steam account.